Shelbi Schroeder “Innocence and Deviance” now running at Donna Beam Gallery at UNLV.
Shelbi Schroeder understands the playfulness and power of sexuality. This afternoon, as she talked about her work, there was a bubbly playful way about her. As a photographer, which she teaches in local academia, she knows the impact of image making and social posing. When I shot her smile filling the room, Schroeder shifted her mood within two frames. That moment alone was a demonstration of her work that looks at "notions of purity and corruption in normative sexuality." The two shots could have illustrated the title of her current exhibition, “Innocence and Deviance,” her thesis show for the UNLV Fine Art graduate program.
Held at Donna Beam Gallery, your eye goes straight to a mural in the corner. First you are guided by a row of small framed prints, an exercise of minimalist seduction, then you turn the corner at another set of prints that are a colorful build of subtle obsession. The mural is a large-scale response to that build, a colorful climax trapped in a corner. The real study is upstairs, where Schroeder becomes performance artist to support her work about purity and corruption. It’s not what you think. But then again, it may be.
Her final set of scheduled performances will be Monday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 18, at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. An artist reception is Friday, May 13, the same night and across the lawn from Audrey Barcio's site specific exhibition at Grant Hall Gallery. The art jaunt between the two receptions starts at 6 p.m. and allows viewers to see how two woman artists work their rooms in different ways.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.